- Dyson’s are crap!
- Henry’s (& Hettie’s) are the best.
- You can’t beat an upright hoover.
- Vax’s are fantastic!
- I love my Dyson, it’s the best hoover I’ve had.
- Ohh mine’s just so heavy!
- It sucks too hard and I can’t move it.
- It doesn’t pick up the bits!
As you might imagine, over the years I’ve heard many, many different and often contrary opinions on vacuum cleaners.
But…before going any further I want to clear something up.
Not all vacuum cleaners are hoovers. But, all Hoovers are vacuum cleaners!
What I’m saying here is Hoover is a brand name. A Dyson is not a Hoover, it’s a vacuum cleaner etc etc etc.
Right, now that’s out of the way, back to which vacuum cleaner is the best.
Until I found out what I’m going to share with you here, I, like most people, laboured under the misapprehension that you could expect all vacuum cleaners to do a good job on all surfaces. Unfortunately that is quite incorrect and it’s usually the reason why you hear people complain about their vacuum cleaner- in essence if you use the wrong cleaner on the wrong surface it may not work so well.
Broadly speaking there are 2 types of surface-
1 – Hard flooring (including wood, laminate, lino, tiles, and so on),
2 – Carpet or rugs which consist of loop pile or cut pile.
The carpets are the most important aspect as it is carpets where people have the most trouble.
Hard wearing carpets tend to be looped because all of the pile is looped into the weave whereas with pile carpets like shag-pile, the pile can lifted out of the weave.
The diagram below I’ve lifted from Lowes website gives you an idea of what I mean by loop and pile carpets.
In terms of vacuums, there are 2 types –
1 – Upright (the type with a roller brush),
2 – Tubs (the type with a drag-able body usually with a long hose and pipe).
Most vacuums have some sort of suction control which is usually either a slide or dial that allows the vacuum to let air in from somewhere else other than the floor contact area, thus allowing the vacuum cleaner to move more easily on the surface. You can pretty much bet that someone having problems moving the vacuum across the floor complaining about it sucking too hard has not adjusted the suction control.
Now, the most important consideration when selecting a vacuum is which type of vacuum cleaner works best on which type of surface. Most people’s problems occur because they have the wrong type of vacuum for the majority of the surface in their home.
So here it is –
Upright vacuum cleaners – work well on most surfaces but it are more ideally suited to vacuuming cut pile carpets/rugs. The roller brush beats the pile, releasing dust and trapped ‘bits’. However, you may need to release the suction control and let some air in if it proves difficult to push around.
Tub vacuum cleaners – work best on hard floors and loop pile carpets/rugs. Loop piles are closed loops- they don’t trap dirt and ‘bits’ so readily and so they don’t need ‘beating’ with a roller brush.
In either case you may need to tinker with the suction control to get the best out of your machine but other than that… you’re set to go 🙂
Here are some examples from my own work.
Loop pile carpet with sheepskin style cut pile rug.
It might seem contrary to use the tub vacuum on both Loop and Pile carpet as shown below, however on staircases I’d rather use a device with a more flexible head for getting into all the edges. You might also notice the brush is down both times – I find it does a better job because it brushes any trapped bits free.
On the pile rug below I would definitely NOT use the upright. The whole thing will get dragged into the brush.
Anyway that’s all. I just wanted to share some of my findings.
Until next time!